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    The best hardware and software of the year

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 9:21 am

    InfoWorld's 2011 Technology of the Year Awards recognize the best products at the forefront of today's top data center, desktop, mobile, and programming trends.
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    ConTEXT text editor a boon for programmers

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    ConTEXT is a powerful, free, and open-source text editor squarely aimed at programmers. Its feature set makes it especially useful for system administrators, toolsmiths, and Web mavens, all of whom often have to juggle many small files written in a variety of languages or markups.
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    Get your own virtual desktop with AlwaysOnPC

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    Quite a few apps in the Android Market try to solve the problem of how to access, view, and edit office documents with an Android device. It's a difficult task compounded by the limitations of the small screen and keyboard, and by the fact, too, that many document formats are proprietary (Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and so on) and are thus difficult for third-party developers to work with. AlwaysOnPC provides a powerful, customizable, cross-platform solution that uses open-source software hosted on a cloud-based, Fedora Linux PC.
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    RHEL 6 is built, and priced, for big shops

    Posted December 22, 2010 - 9:38 am

    Latest iteration of Red Hat's iconic Linux distribution offers some shops a substantial upgrade and, for others, a fork in the road
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    Hands on with Google Chrome OS

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Like at least half the nerds in America, I applied to be part of Chrome OS beta testing program as soon as it was announced last week. On the surface, at least, I figured myself to be an ideal Chrome user—to a sometimes-scary extent, my life is already lived in Google’s cloud. Even on a Mac I default to the Chrome browser, where I write in Google Docs, check my feeds in Google Reader, and even sync Google Calendar and Contacts to my iPhone and iPad instead of paying for MobileMe. The company’s cloud-based operating system seemed the next logical step.
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    ITworld review: Arch Linux for Linux fundamentalists

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Are you a Linux user who likes to set things up 'just so,' but don't want to build it from source code? Then Arch Linux is for you.
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    Intrusion detection honeypots simplify network security

    Posted November 18, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Low-cost, low-fuss honeypots are highly effective early-warning systems against external attacks and insider threats; KFSensor, HoneyPoint, and Honeyd offer safety, ease, and flexibility
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    ITworld review: Fedora 14 is leading-edge Linux

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    If you want to live right on the cutting edge of what Linux can do, then Fedora is the Linux distribution for you.
  • Review

    Top 10 specialty Web browsers you may have missed

    Posted October 19, 2010 - 11:30 am

    These oddly useful alternative browsers offer such advantages as 3-D searching, social networking, easy scriptability, and powerful page manipulation
  • Review

    Image Gallery: Dropbox

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    No matter your platform, with Dropbox and an Internet connection you can get to your files.
  • Review

    ITworld Review: Dropbox on Linux

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Dropbox, a popular cloud service, lets you store, sync, and share files over the Internet.
  • Review

    Free desktop tools that aren't OpenOffice

    Posted October 4, 2010 - 10:16 am

    These free and open source applications for Windows, Linux, and Mac desktops put power into the hands of users without taking from their wallets
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    ITworld review: Ubuntu 10.10 scores close to a ten

    Posted October 1, 2010 - 1:16 pm

    Ubuntu 10.10 (a.k.a. Maverick Meerkat), the latest Ubuntu Linux distribution, isn't quite a perfect ten as its heads towards release, but it's pretty darn close.
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    Eight great virtual appliances for VMware, free for the downloading

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 11:06 am

    The combination of free open source and virtual machines is hard to beat; here are some of the handiest virtual appliances you'll find
  • Review

    Jolicloud 1.0, a Linux distro in progress

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 8:41 pm

    Jolicloud 1.0 is a new edition of Linux aimed at non-technical netbook users, described this way by its makers: "[It] is not a traditional OS. It was built for netbook users to leverage the Cloud and make their life easier." Think of it as a variant on the Google ChromeOS approach: This Internet operating system, as the company calls it, is little more than a Web browser plus a few other supporting technologies.
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    First look: Firefox 4 Beta 1 shines on HTML5

    Posted July 13, 2010 - 2:04 pm

    Sure, Firefox 4's new Chrome-like UI is nice, but the real story is under the hood
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    WordPress 3.0 adds better customization

    Posted June 21, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    The open-source content management system WordPress turned seven years old last month. In its lifetime, it has attracted a devout following: More than 28,000 people download WordPress every day, with over 11.4 million active installations, including news outlets and corporate sites.
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    Review: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1

    Posted June 11, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    Novell announced their first service pack release for SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES), and if you like virtualization, this is a very strong platform from which you can get started.
  • Review

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta may be missing opportunity

    Posted June 1, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    The beta for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 features abound, but if you want any stack besides LAMP, it's pure do-it-yourself.
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    Review: Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    If you're building an internal or private cloud, Canonical wants you to use Ubuntu Linux 10.04 as your operating system of choice. To that end, the newest version of Ubuntu includes a feature set called Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. In keeping with its open source pedigree, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is integrated with the open source Eucalyptus http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2009/110909-open-source-companies... private cloud platform, making it possible to create a private cloud with much less configuration than installing Linux first, then Eucalyptus.

  • Review

    Fedora 13 gives off plain vibe, but offers power and stability under the hood

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 4:23 pm

    The differences between Linux distributions these days are often so minute, there seems little reason to even review them anymore. That's not fair to the developers of the Fedora Project, who have put together a darn fine distribution that reads as rock-solid and very user-friendly.
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    First-ever test of public cloud management wares

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:12 am

    It's simple to rent raw compute power on the public cloud. The challenge is to deploy, manage, and take down jobs that are hosted in the cloud. In this groundbreaking test, we set up public cloud accounts at Amazon, Rackspace and GoGrid, and tested management services from RightScale, Tap In Systems and Cloudkick under real world conditions.
  • Review

    An In-depth Look at Gentoo Linux

    Posted April 30, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    Imagine an Operating System that only includes the features that you actually want and use. An Operating System that is finely tuned to your computer hardware. One that doesn't include any resource hogging applications that you don't need such as "Desktop Search" or huge bloated software such as modern music players.
  • Review

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS adds new tools

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:14 pm

    Canonical has high hopes for its latest release: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support). Also known as Lucid Lynx, this new version is the one that, from many indications, the company hopes will take Ubuntu from being a fan favorite to a commercial success. Based on my first look at the release candidate, Canonical's hopes may be realized.
  • Review

    Ubuntu 10.04 delivers usability, strength

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 6:56 pm

    With the upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.04, Canonical is releasing not only a pretty Linux distribution, but one that works very well.
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